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Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby williston_gator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:20 am

http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=25516

Jeff Choate Hired as Florida Special Teams' Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As the Boise State football program darted onto the national radar over the last decade, the influx of players from talent-rich Texas played a prominent role in the Broncos’ rise.

Former Boise State assistant Jeff Choate, considered one of the country’s top special-teams coaches, was often credited with helping open that pipeline. Gators coach Will Muschamp, during his three seasons at Texas, met Choate and was impressed enough to keep him in mind as a possible future colleague.

That time has arrived as Muschamp announced Monday that Choate is Florida’s new special-teams coordinator. Choate was most recently at UTEP, where he served as defensive coordinator this spring, and at Washington State, where he worked last season as linebackers coach under Cougars head coach Mike Leach.

“We are excited to have Jeff Choate join our staff,” said Muschamp. “He is a high-energy coach, an outstanding recruiter and evaluator, and has a reputation as one of the top special-teams coaches in the nation. He has coached on both sides of the ball and was most recently a defensive coordinator. He sees the big picture and will be a great addition to our staff.”

During those visits with Choate in Texas – Muschamp said Choate visited UF during spring practice last year -- the two developed a football-fueled connection.

“We are very much on the same page philosophically,’’ Muschamp said.

The 42-year-old Choate played at Montana-Western and started his coaching career in Idaho, working at three high schools as either a head coach or assistant coach. He started coaching on the college level in 2001 as a defensive line and defensive backs graduate assistant at Utah State.

Choate’s longest coaching stint came at Boise State, where he spent six seasons as a Broncos assistant alongside current Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease.

Getting an opportunity to coach at Florida was one Choate decided he couldn’t pass up despite just getting to UTEP a few months ago, where he was reunited with Miners first-year coach Sean Kugler. They had been assistants together in 2006 at Boise State.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Gator staff and have the chance to compete at the highest level,” said Choate. “I’ve gotten to know Coach Muschamp over the past couple of years and have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a coach and a person. I’m looking forward to continuing the great special-teams tradition that has been established here and can’t wait to get to work.

“I would also like to thank everyone at UTEP, and most importantly Coach Kugler, for the support and opportunity they gave me. I wish him and the program nothing but the best of luck.”

In his one season at Washington State, Choate coached three linebackers to All-Pac 12 honorable mention honors (senior Travis Long, sophomore Cyrus Coen and freshman Darryl Monroe). Washington State ranked eighth in the nation in tackles for losses (7.7 avg.) and 11th in sacks (2.9 avg.).

Choate was hired as defensive coordinator at UTEP in January. Kugler, who spent the last three seasons as offensive line coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, saw some of the same things in Choate others have pointed to over the years.

“Coach Choate is the epitome of an energizer bunny, his motor runs full 24/7,’’ Kugler told reporters in January. “He is one of the best recruiters you’ll ever be around.”

At Boise State, Choate’s special-teams units were usually among the tops in the country. Boise State’s 2009 special-teams unit was rated no. 1 in the nation by Phil Steele, led by Titus Young, who returned two kickoff returns for touchdowns to garner first team All-WAC honors. Young averaged 26.9 yards on kickoff returns that season to rate 20th in the nation.

Under Choate, Boise State ranked in the top 25 nationally in kickoff returns three times (2007, 10th; 2009, fourth; 2010, 23rd), and in the top 25 in punt returns four times (2007, 22nd; 2008, 20th; 2010, 16th; 2011, 18th).

Here is more information on Choate’s career compiled by Florida football sports information director Dan Apple:

Coaching Experience

2013

Florida (Special Teams Coordinator)

2013

UTEP (Defensive Coordinator)

2012

Washington State (Linebackers)

2010-11

Boise State (Special Teams Coordinator/Nickelbacks)

2009

Boise State (Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers)

2006-08

Boise State (Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs)

2005

Eastern Illinois (Special Teams Coordinator)

2003-04

Utah State (Special Teams Coordinator)

2002

Utah State (Graduate Assistant)

1997-2001

Post Falls HS (Idaho) (Head Coach)

1996

Twin Falls HS (Idaho) (Defensive Coordinator)

1994-95

Challis HS (Idaho) (Head Coach)

1992-93

Montana Western (Linebackers)



Prominent Players Coached

BOISE STATE

· K KYLE BROTZMAN – Former walk-on went on to become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 439 career points (since surpassed). He finished with 67 career field goals and 238 PATs in four seasons. Also served as the punter, averaging 44.6 yards per punt in his career, a BSU school record.

· DB/PR KYLE WILSON – Wilson played in 50 games and earned starts in 45 consecutive contests during his college career. Second-Team All-WAC Special Teams Player in 2008 while leading the country with three punt return touchdowns and ranking 12th in punt return average (14.2). Selected 29th overall by the Jets in the 2010 NFL Draft.

· WR/KR TITUS YOUNG – Named First-Team All-WAC Special Teams Player in 2009 as a kick returner. Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 26.9 yards per kick return, 20th in the nation. Selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

· LB WINSTON VENABLE – First-Team All-WAC selection in 2010 and Second-Team All-WAC selection in 2009, totaling 116 tackles with 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks in his two seasons with the Broncos. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2011.

· RB IAN JOHNSON – Ranks fifth all-time in WAC history with 4,183 rushing yards and set the WAC record for career touchdowns scored (58, since surpassed). Twice selected to the First-Team All-WAC (2006, 2007) and was an All-American in 2006 by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.



NFL Players (Round Drafted)

FB Korey Hall (sixth) – Boise State ’07 – Green Bay Packers

FB Derek Schouman (seventh) – Boise State ’07 – Buffalo Bills

RB Ian Johnson (UFA) – Boise State ’09 – Minnesota Vikings

DB Kyle Wilson (first) – Boise State ’10 – New York Jets

WR Titus Young (second) – Boise State ’11 – Detroit Lions

LB Winston Venable (UFA) – Boise State ’11 – Chicago Bears

DB Brandyn Thompson (seventh) – Boise State ’11 – Washington Redskins



Bowl Games as a Coach

2007: Fiesta

2007: Hawaii

2008: Poinsettia

2010: Fiesta

2010: Las Vegas

2011: Las Vegas
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby williston_gator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:23 am

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Last fall, Choate called Brent Pease his “best friend in the football world.” Fellow Pacific Northwest natives, coached together at Boise St
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby Flaglergator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:33 am

Hopefully he sticks around. Looks like if Pease goes, he goes as well.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby Wild Horse » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:07 am

Muschamp must know he is a top-notch recruiter having gone against him many times. I like the hire. He knows x's and o's. Is high-energy, and a great recruiter. That's all you need in this position.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby GatorTAG » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:17 am

Choate sounds like a highly acclaimed special teams coach, but when I think of BSU's special teams all I remember was Brotzman getting death threats for choking away their perfect season.

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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby KiteGator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:26 am

i love the hire. all i can think of is the statue of liberty 2 point conversion to beat oklahoma in the 2007 fiesta bowl.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby rogdochar » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:50 am

As I mentioned back when Pease was first hired :
Boise State played 1 & 1/2 quarters of perfect football and lead
something like 38-7. The special teams coach noticed that more on
each kickoff, the opponents front line ran backward to set up some
special return effort. So, leading 38-7 from scoring at will, they
kicked an on-sides kick and easily recovered it at the 40. Took it
straight in for a score. The incredulous announcers were laughing
about the craftiness.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby Zach Abolverdi » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:59 am

Here's a good video of Choate from his time at Boise State.

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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby Vatgator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:43 am

What regions/areas he'll be responsible for recruiting?
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby Alagator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:52 pm

Zach Abolverdi wrote:Here's a good video of Choate from his time at Boise State.


Very, very impressive. I think he makes a great addition to the staff. Go Gators!
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby Homer J » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:14 pm

GatorTAG wrote:Choate sounds like a highly acclaimed special teams coach, but when I think of BSU's special teams all I remember was Brotzman getting death threats for choking away their perfect season.

Remember this?




When I read the article on the front page, this is what I thought of.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby jand3k » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:13 pm

So glad to have this vacancy filled. And glad he's a high energy guy that loves to recruit.

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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby oxrageous » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:24 pm

Never heard of him.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby BSJGator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:40 pm

oxrageous wrote:Never heard of him.


Yawn....so what else is new? :lol:
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby oxrageous » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:42 pm

I wanted Zook.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby rogdochar » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:42 pm

Just realized he's staying true to his colors.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby Ga Gator » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:09 am

I was at the Boise St/UGA 2 years ago and their "slow" 1 star defensive players shut UGA's "high powered" offense down. I was particularly impressed by their LB's. I agree with a previous statement that when Pease leaves for a HC position, this guy will follow as his DC unless he is ours first because Durkin gets a HC job.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby WobbleGator » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:21 am

Good hire.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby mtn2top » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:19 pm

Great hire for coaching and recruiting players. He's also going to be able to pick up different jobs and responsibilities as the need arises. As we've seen over the past month, the need often arises in a major program.
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Re: Jeff Choate Hired for ST/OLB

Postby oxrageous » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:39 pm

WobbleGator wrote:Good hire.

Oh please, you'd never heard of him either. :lol:
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